The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter. Winter often comes with an increased appetite for the best of us. Studies show that the average person gains at least one to two pounds during the winter season. So what can we do to keep the extra weight off this year? See our tips to help you have a healthy winter and keep the pounds off this Christmas!
Warm yourself up
It is cold, it’s dark… What sounds better – a salad straight from the fridge or a bowl of soup? Eating a healthy bowl of soup during the winter season is a great way to get your boost of vitamins and keep warm at the same time. Focus on sweet vegetables such as carrots and parsnips with dark leafy greens like kale and spinach.
Stock the cupboards with healthy winter foods!
Stock up your cupboards with healthy, warming foods such as tins of tomatoes, beans, whole-wheat pasta, wholegrain rice, cereals and couscous. You could also keep some extra bread in the freezer so you are able to create a nutritious evening meal. Wholegrain bread is a healthier option to white bread.
Stocking the cupboards during the winter time will allow you to make a healthy meal at short notice. Not also will your body thank you, so will your wallet (it will stop you getting an expensive takeaway).
It’s easy to give up on outdoor exercise when the temperature drops. For many of us, winter sees a halt in outdoor activities such as jogging, walking or even gardening! Reducing the amount of physical activity you’re doing is one of the biggest contributors to weight gain.
Just because the days are getting shorter and colder doesn’t mean that you need to stop exercising all together. A brisk walk outside (as long as you keep yourself wrapped up) will revitalise your body and boost your circulation, you could even go for a jog around the block if you’re brave.
If you really don’t want to brave the cold weather you could always buy some exercise DVD’s to do in your front room. Most leisure centres also have heated indoor swimming pools and gyms, which you could use whilst the weather is cold. However, changing simple steps such as walking up the stairs at work instead of getting the lift and getting off your bus a stop early and walking can make all the difference when trying to avoid piling the pounds on over winter.
Watch what you’re drinking
Although it’s important to consume hot drinks during the colder season to keep warm and hydrated, not all of them are very good for you.
Indulging in a hot chocolate covered in whipped cream and marshmallows may sound like a good idea, but it’s adding a lot of unnecessary calories to your diet.
Try and stick to your regular brew, try using skimmed milk instead. You could also substitute your drinks for a green or herbal tea (they don’t taste like dish water – we promise). In fact, it’s been scientifically proven that introducing green tea into your diet is a great way to detox your body, speed up your metabolism and lose weight, just give it a try!
We all love a good alcoholic beverage over the Christmas period, however this doesn’t mean you need to binge drink. Limit your alcohol intake and drink plenty of water.
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